Fox News' Eric Bolling Responds to Suspension Over Lewd Photo Claims

Jay Jacobs
August 8, 2017

He also has hosted "All-American New Year", the New Year's Eve special on Fox News, the past two years.

Fox News' late founding CEO Roger Ailes stepped down past year amid a series of sexual harassment allegations.

She said he called her and sent texts after some of her appearances to apologize for his behavior or talk; asked her to fly to NY for "in-studio hits and to have 'fun, '" and tried several times unsuccessfully to convince her to have meals with him.

A vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, Bolling wrote a March op-ed accusing House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and establishment Republicans of betraying the president with their version of a plan to overhaul the nation's health system.

On Saturday, Jezebel received the following update on the situation: "Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is now underway", per a Fox News spokesperson.

The allegations against Bolling are the latest sexual harassment claims against high-ranking employees of Fox News.

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"Mr. Bolling recalls no such inappropriate communications, does not believe he sent any such communications, and will vigorously pursue his legal remedies for any false and defamatory accusations that are made", attorney Michael J. Bowe stated.

It's no secret that there has been trouble behind the scenes at the Fox News Channel.

Bolling, a former commodities trader and best-selling author, had been a longtime co-host of "The Five", and more recently helped launch a new late-afternoon show, "The Fox News Specialists". She also alleged that Bolling told her he wanted to fly her out to NY for "in-studio hits and to have 'fun'".

Heldman stated that he once offered to fly her to NY to "have fun", and that the one time she agreed to see his office, he immediately told her it was his favorite place to have sex. They see and hear a lot, and are sometimes the target of harassment from hosts and guests. Rotating substitute hosts will be in place on "The Specialists" (weekdays/5 p.m.) and "Cashin In" (Saturdays at 11:30 a, m).

His Fox contract was extended in June, ending rumours that he would join the Trump administration as commerce secretary or as a senior adviser. The show normally tapes on Friday.

Bolling, who now co-hosts "The Fox News Specialists", was pulled off his former show, "The Five", earlier this year when it moved to primetime because network executives wanted a familiar face in the 5 p.m. ET time slot. Over the years, many women have come forward to reveal the sexual harassment they faced at the network.

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